July 25, 2013: 30 year old Kathleen Mahabee has been charged with Attempted Theft by Deception and Insurance Fraud.
Detectives from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Insurance Fraud Unit (IFU) began to investigate defendant Kathleen Mahabee after receiving a referral from the National Insurance Crime Bureau. The referral indicated that Mahabee filed a claim with her insurance company, Permanent General Assurance, for an accident that occurred prior to policy inception. On June 7th, 2012, Mahabee struck a 2005 Chrysler minivan with her 1998 Dodge Intrepid while driving on the 7600 block of Stenton Avenue. Police radio reports indicate that a call regarding the accident was received at about three-thirty in the afternoon. The operator of the minivan told detectives that while waiting for police to arrive, she and Mahabee exchanged insurance information. The owner of the minivan alleged that Mahabee handed her an insurance card which had expired in January 2012, but assured her that she would call her insurance company and obtain the correct information. Mahabee allegedly stayed on the phone with her insurance company until police arrived, at which point she gave a handwritten Permanent General Assurance Company insurance policy number to both the owner of the minivan and to the police.
Detectives obtained the title history for the 1998 Dodge Intrepid which had been registered by Kathleen Mahabee on August 23, 2011 with a Permanent General Assurance Company insurance policy. The policy had an expiration date of January 2012. Detectives contacted special investigators from Permanent General Assurance Company who stated that Mahabee had purchased a policy on June 7 at approximately four o’clock in the afternoon. Detectives reviewed the claim file for Mahabee’s policy which indicated that on June 12, 2012, the owner of the minivan filed a claim for an accident with a date of loss that matched the date of policy inception.
After reviewing the policy inception time and police radio call log, detectives concluded that Mahabee allegedly purchased an insurance policy from Permanent General Assurance Company thirty minutes after her accident occurred. Mahabee provided both the owner of the minivan and the police with this insurance information despite allegedly knowing that the policy had been purchased after her accident took place. Mahabee was arrested for Insurance Fraud and Attempted Theft by Deception on July 25, 2013. She is next listed for a status listing in Philadelphia Municipal Court on August 2, 2013. ADA John Doyle and Detective Gilbert Brook from the DAO’s Insurance Fraud Unit are specially assigned to this case.